West Brom's James Chester ready to leave the Hawthorns amid Swansea City interest

Frustrated West Brom defender James Chester has hinted that he is open to a move away from The Hawthorns.


Swansea were interested in the Welshman during the January transfer window but Albion refused to sell any of their players to rivals half-way through the season.

But the 27-year-old, who is going to Euro 2016 with Wales, appears to be interested in joining fellow countryman Ashley Williams at the Liberty Stadium, just a year after the Baggies bought him off Hull City for £8m.

Chester told the Daily Express: "I have a great relationship with Ash both on and off the pitch and there was interest from Swansea in January.

"But I had only been at West Brom for six months and they were reluctant to sell me to another club in such a similar position in the league.

"I'm not sure what the stance is right now. I played a bit more in the second half of the season but only once at centre-half.

"Whenever someone was back from injury then I was usually the person who missed out.

"It was frustrating because I feel I'm good enough to play every week in the Premier League. It almost cost me my place in the Wales team."

Chester is the most expensive defender in the club's history and Albion's third most expensive player of all time but he has had a frustrating season at The Hawthorns where Baggies boss Tony Pulis has continually played him at full-back.

Chester, whose preferred position is centre-back, has also been warned by Wales boss Chris Coleman that he needs to play for his club in order to keep his place in the national side.

The former Manchester United academy player made just one Premier League start in the first half of the season, but enjoyed a run in the team between February and April. He made 19 appearances in total, and featured 13 times in the league.

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